07 January 2020

Participating in Sustainable Industry Challenge

A team of Cosun experts participated in the Sustainable Industry Challenge organized by the Economic Board of the province Groningen. The Cosun team met various teams from start-ups to scale-ups from all over the world to explore the possibilities to collaborate and partnering. Very inspiring to be amongst so many creative and enthusiastic entrepreneurs.

Sustainable Industry Challenge: Creating strong connections!
The chemical industry is in need of green building blocks. These need to be developed in a culture of intensive cooperation between knowledge institutions and industry. The Sustainable Industry Challenge initiative is opening up opportunities in Northern Netherlands for global innovators to test and scale solutions together with the local business community, educational institutions and government. We bring scale-ups and large businesses together to make deals and solve industry challenges.

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Challenge Suiker Unie
Cosun Beet Company – Biobased Experts is part of Suiker Unie. Suiker Unie facilitates one of the challenges: valorize sucrose from sugar beet into bio-polymers to produce sustainable plastics.

“As part of Sustainable Industry Challenge – Chemport Edition and Suiker Unie are looking for innovative solutions to convert sucrose and use it as a feedstock for biopolymers. Since plastics are an important product of modern-day life and the majority is currently produced from fossils fuels, Suiker Unie has the ambition to impact the plastic production process by offering a sustainable alternative, namely biopolymers.

We are looking for start-ups and scale-ups that want to collaborate with Suiker Unie to transform sucrose to biopolymers and thereby serve as a sustainable alternative for raw materials traditionally used within plastics. We are looking for technological processes that allow such conversion, which is competitive with traditional routes for producing polymers, such as using crude oil.”

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